Virus-wracked Indonesia Hits 100,000 Deaths
Jakarta, Aug 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Aug, 2021 ) :Indonesia's coronavirus death toll topped 100,000 on Wednesday as the country struggles to control the spread of the Delta variant.
Scores of Indonesians are dying at home, unable to access hospital care or medical oxygen supplies as health care facilities are stretched to the limit.
"The deaths happened... mainly because of lateness to recognise the severity of the symptoms and to refer patients," said Covid-19 taskforce spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi.
Indonesia reported 1,747 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing its total to 100,636.
Indonesia announced stricter restrictions on July 3 and has extended the policy twice in areas where infection numbers and hospital bed occupancy rates are high.
Offices, shopping malls and schools are closed while dining in at restaurants is limited to 20 minutes.
The curbs have started to take a toll on the country's economy which entered a recession at the end of last year for the first time since the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
"Financially, it really affects me. I have very few customers because people don't go to the office," Dicky, a ride-hailing driver who like many Indonesians goes by just one name, told AFP.
Only about eight percent of the population have been fully inoculated.